Supporting Our Community

Improving Community Health

Winchester Hospital is committed to improving the health and well-being of residents throughout our community.

One way we emphasize our commitment to community health is through our community health needs assessments. We conduct these assessments every three years to help us identify the most important health issues facing area residents and guide our plans to address them.

Information and Community Input

Knowing how to respond to a health need is easiest when we know the people in the community and the issues that affect them. We depend on extensive information and community input when deciding where to focus our health improvement efforts.

To determine these needs, we look to demographic data such as age, income and health status of area residents. The firsthand knowledge and experience of community members are also crucial. To gather this information, we:

  • Compile public health data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Public Health

  • Host community forums and focus groups

  • Interview community leaders and local officials

  • Review hospital data

  • Survey area residents to understand their perceptions of health

Forming Implementation Strategies

After we spend several months gathering information, Winchester Hospital’s Community Benefits Advisory Committee, a group of external and internal health leaders, will prioritize areas of focus, such as social determinants of health, mental health and substance use. Then we work to create programs and outreach efforts to address needs within that area.

We can’t do this alone. Because we involve the community in the process, we welcome and rely on other organizations to support our efforts. We partner with agencies that work with populations we’re targeting to develop solutions and work to improve life for everyone in the area.

Past Assessments and Reports

You can view our most recent Community Health Needs Assessments, including our Community Health Implementation Strategies here:

2019 Community Health Needs Assessment

2019 Community Health Implementation Strategy

2016 Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Strategy

Contact Us:

We welcome and value your feedback. To share comments or to request a copy of the Community Heath Needs Assessment report please contact Marylou Hardy, M.Ed, Community Relations Manager at 781-744-3131 or by email at marylou.hardy@lahey.org.

Your insights and suggestions will help guide our ongoing community efforts. 

Community Impact Report

Every day, Winchester Hospital provides a wide range of programs and services designed to enhance the health and well-being of Winchester residents and those in surrounding communities.

Through a comprehensive, strategic, data-driven health needs assessment, we have identified major health priorities and challenges facing our service area. This assessment allows us to partner with the community to develop health programming and services that will most effectively meet the needs of area residents and stay responsive to changing priorities.

Through our Community Impact Report, you will learn about the many ways the hospital is delivering health programs directly to those who need them the most — in areas such as elder health, behavioral health, access, wellness and more. These stories showcase the many partners who work tirelessly with us to meet the needs of local residents, and illustrate our commitment to helping our neighbors become or stay healthy.

View the Fiscal Year 2014 Community Impact Report.

Community Benefits Program

The focus of Winchester Hospital’s community benefit efforts is on managing chronic diseases and promoting wellness for people who are uninsured or underinsured.

In particular, Winchester Hospital offers free programs on three significant chronic diseases: osteoporosis, pediatric asthma and heart failure:

  • Osteoporosis has been declared a public health emergency by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

  • Pediatric asthma is the most prevalent chronic illness of childhood.

  • Heart failure the most rapidly growing cardiovascular disorder in the U.S., affecting 5.7 million people.

Other initiatives to benefit and improve the health of communities north of Boston that are served by Winchester Hospital include:

  • “Aging On Your Own Terms” – This senior outreach initiative integrates a balance of educational programs, health screenings and social activities that promote optimal physical, mental and social well-being of the active older adult. The goal is to work collaboratively with area organizations in order to offer a variety of programs and services that meet the needs of area seniors at no cost, such as luncheon socials, Internet training and health care reform implications.

  • Home Blood Draw Program – The Winchester Hospital laboratory provides free phlebotomy services to any community resident who is unable to get to the laboratory. In addition to the convenience of the blood draw, homebound participants enjoy an opportunity to socialize.

  • Partnerships with Woburn Council for Social Concern and Woburn Boys and Girls Club – Together with these groups, Winchester Hospital offers fitness classes for adults and children, nutrition education, and disease management sessions for childcare providers.

View Winchester Hospital's 2018 Community Benefits Report

View Winchester Hospital's 2017 Community Benefits Report

Lahey Health 2019 Community Resource Guide

The Lahey Health 2019 Community Resource Guide was developed for social workers, physicians, and other clinicians as a helpful tool to assist with making referrals both within the Lahey Health System and to community providers. Each city and town within the Lahey Health service area is listed along with its unique and specific community health and social safety net resources. 

 

Weight Management

Winchester Hospital is committed to providing the most effective weight management programs and, when appropriate, the most advanced treatment for weight loss surgery.

 

Pain Management Center

The skilled and caring staff at Winchester Hospital's Pain Management Center helps hundreds of patients each year reduce and cope with chronic pain so that they can lead more active and productive lives.